Easter Services

Sunday 17th April at 8.30am
Easter Breakfast in the Beacon – please book on the notice board in the Beacon

Sunday 17th April at 10am
Easter Sunday Celebration Worship

Thursday, 21st April at 11.45am
Easter Celebration Praise and Meal £5 – see Debbie to book

Christmas Services

In the middle of the Christmas chaos, take some time to breathe and remember what a wonderful world we live in. Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us. Reflect on how Jesus came to show us how to be fully alive while we praise our divine Creator and seek healing and justice for our world and all mankind.

Although Christmas can be joyful, we know that for many people Christmas is a painful time, but we believe God hears our cries and gently holds us in our time of need.

God bless you this Christmas.

We hope you managed to visit our church during the Christmas Tree Festival and that you enjoyed the peaceful experience. It was interesting to see all the trees as they would traditionally be decorated in different countries around the world.

If you missed the festival, the trees will be displayed in the church until Christmas and you can visit when the Beacon café is open on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays, 9:30 to 1pm.

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Forest Church

Church for people who feel closer to God outdoors.

Sunday 19th September at 3pm at The Gaer Hillfort, Newport.

Start at the entrance to the hillfort on Gaer Park Road, NP20 3NU.

We will be celebrating the autumnal equinox. Prepare for any weather.

Bring a picnic if you want to stay around afterwards.

For further information email Tim Crahart at timcrahart@yahoo.co.uk

Action for Children Service

There will be a special service next Sunday 8th August, led by the Church Stewards and members of the Action for Children Committee. This will be to celebrate the work of Action for Children and to give thanks for the amazing amount collected this year. An Envelope Collection for Action for Children will be taken at this service.

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In-Person Services

Hello Church Family!

I’m sure many of you are as excited to get back into our church building as I am, even if there is just a hint of uncertainty lingering!

As I’m sure most of you are aware, we will return to our building for worship on the 6th June. This will look very much as it did in that interim period between lockdowns previously. This means that it will be a ‘hybrid’ service (which means it will be made available live on Zoom, then a recording later posted on YouTube).

This also means that, should you wish to worship in the church building, you must ‘book in’ with Debbie Cairns, as currently, we are still limited to 30 people indoors. It is possible that, by the 13th of June, we will be able to have up to 50 indoors. Also like previous occasions, in order to worship in the church building, one must still wear a mask, follow the one-way system, and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

It is certainly my hope that, in the near future, we’ll be able to worship again with a full house, with no masks or other restrictions—something that is almost difficult to imagine after all this time! In the meantime, though, we press on and continue to worship our God through all of life’s ups, downs, twists, and turns.

Blessings,

Rachel

Private Prayer

The church will be open once a week, for one hour, for private prayer. This will occur on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.

The same risk assessment and guidelines will apply to this private prayer time as for Sunday morning services, which means that people will need to wear masks, maintain appropriate distance, and follow the one way system in and out. We are not asking at this time for people to book in, though if the number of people coming to pray greatly exceeds our expectations, we may have to implement this system in future.

We hope that some of you will make use of the opportunity for private prayer in our church building and that you will find it spiritually nourishing as we press on toward that light at the end of the tunnel.

Blessings,

Rachel

New Hub Plan

Plan Mar – May 2021

Unfortunately this quarter we cannot have a full Plan of worship for all our Churches and Chapels. The intention is to have a full Plan for the quarter beginning June 6th.

What this Plan does reflect is the on-line Acts of Worship that will definitely take place in this next quarter. Chepstow and Caldicot in one Hub, Monmouth and Trellech (at 5.00 PM) in another; St. Julian’s in a third and Trinity in the fourth. If you wish to access these Services the contact details are available. We also have on-line Services planned for Maundy Thursday (April 1st) Good Friday (April 2nd) Easter Sunday (April 4th) and Ascension Day (Thursday May 13th).

The vaccination programme seems to be going well, and with the coming of warmer weather the future looks brighter. It may be that your Church/Chapel may open, safely, for prayer or an act of worship in these next three months. As local Stewards, local Local Preachers and local Ministers, these may be collaborative and joyful occasions, but they will not be part of this formal Plan, for I, in the role of Superintendent Minister, have deemed that we will only have the tried-and-tested on-line Services as our planned acts of worship.

I hope that this is a ‘one-off’. As a Circuit we will try and keep you informed of what is happening, and please do keep your ear to the ground in your locality, and may the Living God, revealed in Jesus Christ and confirmed through the Holy Spirit, bless us in the days, months and years ahead.

Gordon

Christmas Services

Please see below for our Christmas Services.

Wednesday, the 9th December at 7:30pm – Circuit Blue Christmas Service via Zoom*.


Sunday 20th December 10:00am – Nativity video Presentation by Junior and Messy Church Families in Sunday Holy Communion Service on Zoom.


Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm – St. Mary’s Carols by Candlelight service, broadcast live on YouTube.


Christmas Eve at 11:30pm – ‘Midnight’ Holy Communion Service on Zoom


Christmas Day at 10:00am – Zoom Service for all!


*Details for all Zoom services will be made available closer to the date of the service.

Wales Lockdown

We must now go into this further lockdown in Wales. For us at Chepstow this means that we cannot offer ‘in church’ worship. Our services will be held via Zoom with a live/recorded service from our homes. If you cannot join in via Zoom there will be recorded versions as YouTube links provided via email and on the website for later viewing.

Rev Gordon has written a further circuit letter for December giving advice to the church on lockdown.

Circuit Lockdown Letter December 2020